The holiday season is fast approaching and organizations are planning their annual Christmas or holiday parties. The increased recognition that alcohol consumption at organization-sponsored events creates significant legal liability has had an impact on that traditional institution. And now, with the legalization of cannabis and the #metoo movement, added legal liabilities come into play.
As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to revisit the law of employer host liability. If your organization is planning to host a workplace holiday party where alcohol or other legal intoxicants may be served or used, you’ll want to protect your guests from harm and your organization from the potential for significant liability for damages sustained or caused by an impaired employee.
Though it seems like an innocent party to show appreciation to your employees, it is important that employers and management understand that there are severe consequences for not considering the liabilities that go along with these little shindigs. Before you send out that invite to your employees, every employer and manager should take the time to make sure they have a clear understanding of their responsibilities.